Last night the Parsippany Board of Education thumbed their nose at Gov. Chris Christie by reaffirming a contract for school district Superintendent Lee Seitz, who Christie called the poster boy for greed and arrogance in education.
Tomorrow, the governor is coming to town.
Christie will hold the fifteenth town hall event of his reform tour in Parsippany tomorrow, bringing his YouTube highlight reel to the superintendent’s doorstep.
Seitz and the board are accused of trying to sneak the contract extension in before Christie’s superintendent salary cap goes into effect early next year.
The extension, approved once already by the board, includes 2 percent annual raises for Seitz, who would end up making $234,065 in salary by the 2014-15 school year.
It was struck down by County Superintendent Kathleen Serafino after initial reports claimed she had already approved the contract.
Under Christie’s direction, she ordered the board to rescind Seitz’ extension, while she and all other county superintendents were put on notice that any contract exceeding the pending cap should not be approved.
The board is mounting a legal battle to Serafino’s order, and Weiner Lesniak attorney Mark Tabakin, who represents the board, has prepared a 21-page legal challenge which has already cost the board $8,000.
Tabakin advised the board that they could open the door for a lawsuit from Seitz if they don’t follow through on the contract, according to reports, and could lose state aid funding if they ignore Serafino’s directive to rescind the contract.
Wednesday night, school board member Robert Crawford, who is against the Seitz contract extension, put forth a resolution to rescind the offer, but it failed before the board.
The Christie event tomorrow will be held at the Morris County Public Safety Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., at 2:30 p.m., and should be interesting.